GUYSBOROUGH – “This day is a day that we’ll never forget,” said Elizabeth Connolly, secretary of the Guysborough and Area Food Bank, to the crowd gathered on a chilly Oct. 31 to celebrate the grand opening of the new food bank location on Green Street, Guysborough.
The new, permanent food bank location was made possible through monies provided by the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, $100,000; Province of Nova Scotia, $75,000; individual donations and hundreds of volunteer hours devoted to the construction of the building by local business leaders and citizens.
The food bank began, said Connolly, in the furnace room of the St. Ann’s glebe house in 1993 under the guidance of Kaye Williams, Linda Williams and Yvonne Quick.
“We’ve come a long way since the furnace room,” she said.
In March of this year, the MODG put the $100,000 line item for the food bank into the 2020-2021 budget and invited contractors and the public to help build the new food bank operations centre. The call was answered, and the project got off the ground quickly, with many hands contributing to the cause.
“Watching this building from the beginning to today is certainly a dream come true,” said Connolly on Saturday.
The building includes many additions, such as refrigeration units and an office where clients’ privacy is ensured.
MODG Warden Vernon Pitts encouraged the large crowd to tour the facility.
“It’s second to none. I am oh so proud of this. I hope you all are.”
Local MLA Lloyd Hines also gave remarks, stating, “What we are seeing here today … that is a word called generosity. Generosity is so important in our lives. It’s so important to this community. It has always been this way. People have helped each other.”
He went on to speak to the province’s contribution to the project, the generosity of the municipality and that of residents of the area.
The event concluded with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Kaye Williams, one of the founders of the Guysborough and Area Food Bank.
The Guysborough and Area Food Bank, which is located at 10 Green Street, is open to clients on Thursdays. The contact number is 902-533-2248.